Archive for June, 2006

VMware changes benchmark policy

You might have never noticed it, but VMware has always been strict with benchmarking. After VMware Workstation 3.2 they introduced a clause in the End User License Agreements that you are not allowed to publish any benchmarking results with their products. This is why you have never seen benchmark result with the latest workstation, vmware server or GSX suite, or at least you should not have :-)

Since the introduction of VMware Infrastructure 3 this all has changed. Instead of having a strict policy that you can not publish any benchmark results unless you have written permission from VMware, it now states that you are allowed to publish benchmarks. There is still a small but… VMware does want to review your benchmark first, to make sure you do not publish any rubbish. They even provide you with a special email address to get your benchmark reviewed.

I know, most of you never read the EULA, but sometimes it does make sense to do so :-) This is the new section:

You may use the Software to conduct internal performance testing and benchmarking studies, the results of which you (and not unauthorized third parties) may publish or publicly disseminate; provided that VMware has reviewed and approved of the methodology, assumptions and other parameters of the study. Please contact VMware at benchmark@vmware.com to request such review.

Personally I am working on my first benchmark and will test if this new sysem will actually work. If it does, you will of course see the results here :-)

The Unofficial Upgrade Guide to VMware Infrastructure 3

Mike Laverick of RTFM-ed in the UK has just released a new Upgrade Guide to VMware ESX Server 3.x and VMware VirtualCenter 2.x. The guide is pitched at someone who knows ESX 2.x and VirtualCenter 1.x very well – and wishes to quickly update their skills to the new release. Currently it’s a version 1.1 release so the guide still needs some work, but the author promisses that he will do that in the next two weeks. This release is still based on the Release and Beta Candidates. The updates that will be made to the document are based on the full product that was recently released by VMware. Future revisions will hopefully also cover iSCSI support with Fedora Core 5 and Windows with Stringbean software.

You can download the current version of the VMware Infrastructure 3 Upgrade Guide here:
http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/docs/vmwdocs/ESX3.x-VC2-upgradeguide.pdf.

VMware buys Akimbi Systems

VMware has completed it’s first acquisition, they have bought the company Akimbi Systems. Akimbi develops Application Life Cycle management software. It allows you to have Virtual Lab automation where you can provide users with a self service portal, have virtual machine libraries and much more. VMware expects to have the Virtual Lab automation, configuration management and self-service provisioning solution available in the 3rd quater this year in beta form.

The VMware press release

VMware ESX3/VC2 Available !!!!

Finally the day has come :-) ESX 3.0 and VC 2.0 are officially available. Build 27701 of ESX 3.0 and 27704 of VC are the chosen ones. You can download them from http://www.vmware.com/download/vi/

VMware launces “VMware Infrastructure 3″

Today VMware has launced their new product suite VMware Infrastructure 3. The suite contains:

  • VMware ESX Server. Platform for virtualizing servers, storage and networking.
  • VMware VMFS. High-performance cluster file system for storage virtualization.
  • VMware Virtual SMP. Multi-processor support for virtual machines.
  • VMware VirtualCenter. Centralized management, automation and optimization for IT infrastructure.
  • VMware HA. Cost effective high availability for virtual machines.
  • VMware DRS. Dynamic balancing and allocation of resources for virtual machines.
  • VMware VMotion. Live migration of virtual machines without service interruption.
  • VMware Consolidated Backup. Centralized backup software for virtual machines.
  • The actual software is not available yet, but according to the VMware site it will be made available later in June.


    The VMware VI3 Site

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